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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

Pietà

By Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.
. . .

The Pilgrim

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, . . .

The Pilgrims

By John McCrae


An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky . . .

Pity the Beautiful

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies . . .

Pleasures

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies . . .

Poem

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, . . .

Poem for My Twentieth Birthday

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . . . . .

The Poet

By Yone Noguchi

Out of the deep and the dark,
A sparkling mystery, a shape,
Something perfect, . . .

The Poets light but Lamps — (930)

By Emily Dickinson

The Poets light but Lamps —
Themselves — go out —
The Wicks they stimulate . . .

A Poison Tree

By William Blake

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:  . . .

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